The New Harvard Dictionary of Music
Don Michael Randel
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1986 - Music - 942 pages
THIS EDITION HAS BEEN REPLACED BY A NEWER 2003 EDITION
This classic reference work is simply the best one-volume music dictionary available today. Its nearly 6,000 entries, written by more than 70 top musicologists, are consistently lucid and based on recent scholarship. "The New Harvard Dictionary of Music" contains among its riches superb articles on music of the 20th century, including jazz, rock, and mixed media as well as twelve-tone, serial, and aleatory music; comprehensive articles on the music of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Near East; entries on all the styles and forms in Western art music; and descriptions of instruments enriched by historical background. Short entries for quick reference--definitions and identifications--alternate with encyclopedia-length articles written by experts in each field. More than 220 drawings and 250 musical examples enhance the text.
Combining authoritative scholarship with concise, lively prose, "The New Harvard Dictionary of Music" is the essential guide for musicians, students, and everyone who listens to music.